The White Tiger


Rating:★★★★
Category:Books
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Author:Aravind Adiga
I'm not really a fan of anything about India, especially after figuring out why they have so many films per year (most of them I believe are just movie copies of some successful film from another country-- e.g. 'The Eye' India's version. I shouldn't have forced my dad to watch it if I knew it's just a rerun/version of the Japanese flick, 'The Eye' I've watched years back. I so hate nothing most than I don't even know how to call it, is it still called a revival? Well I do hate lousy revivals that sound like the singer just thought of singing it without really doing something with the song and such 'movie revivals' like this one is just as pathetic no matter how you look at it) and how I was constantly harassed by Indians through ym and friendster, no matter how I tell them as civil as I can that I'm not interested, how they maliciously touch my favorite players from Amazing Race amongst others. But I did notice this article at Time Magazine (I forgot when that issue was released) of an interview with Aravind Adiga, the author of the much successful 'The White Tiger' and winner of the Man Booker Prize. It is about a murderer's 'confession' through a letter sprinkled lavishly with everything, anything about India from the murderer's perspective. I don't know it with you but he had me at the 'M' word.


I may not be a fan of India, but anything that gives a different take of a murderer (His side (Balram's) of the story) would definitely catch my attention. It was very witty, a dark comedy I'd say, and he (Balram) sounded innocent, or sarcastic even (Balram once said that he was a loyal voter though he have never been inside an election booth, haha) and THAT is something that would make me ask for more and wasn't disappointed with it. It was such an oxymoron book, oxy because it's both a happy and sad one, happy, with how he wrote it so fluidly, his descriptions are so vivid, his (Balram') thoughts are so funny and sad, because of all the corruption. I have to constantly remind myself I'm reading about India and not about the Philippines (sarcasm successfully inserted). Now I learned two things: 1. Why some Indian's are against the book 2. Why I find myself cringing when I read the line 'Incredible India'.

It saddens me to learn that these kind of things gets much worse to our neighboring country, and even if IT is fictional, I believe that there IS some truth to it somehow. And the truth is always heightened in reality. And we all thought that our 'kasambahays' had it bad. At least THEY get to go to malls. This extends to drivers as well. At least some drivers get to dine with their bosses. They may be on a separate table but at least they are. I didn't even know that the caste system is that extreme. I do know about some story about this rich Indian guy eloping with an Indian actress separated by their caste and their respective family who so believes in it. And to think the closest heaven and earth story would be in our country is some rich guy and his yaya!

Besides the story there is a bonus printed interview of Adiga in which he said that he is concerned as a writer to make it enjoyable rather than make the reader feel that he has to. And I agree. I enjoyed it. Read it too. You'd never regret that *200+php. I assure it.


*There are two paperback versions, 200+ (red) and the 400+ (white)version. I chose the red one because I can't see the difference other than the paper used. If the white version is in hardbound I would have bought it. ^_^

Hot Fuzz


Rating:★★★★★
Category:Movies
Genre: Comedy
Let me think of a word. Wonderful. Aww... What I would do to have myself an original copy of this movie. Love it, love it. Finally, after being disappointed by Chronicles of Riddick (2 Stars), Mr. Magorium's Emporium (3 Stars) and Lady In The Water (2 Stars aww don't get me started that it's Shamylan's work) this truly hit the spot in my holiday movie hunting on cable channels.

I first watched these dudes, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (am I even allowed to even say couple if they are both men?) from Shaun of the Dead (today I found out they have a tv series, Spaced Out...drool), I even have a VCD of it, it was cool yeah, but not like this one. This one, did I even mention, I love it.

I so love the twists and turns of the story, that wicked humor (you must see the cult with their flashlights haha!), that camera action you must have noticed zooming in of something same as with Shaun of the Dead, the gun fights (imagine firing your gun in the entire village) and every little detail (you know how I am with small details). This is in fact, a sensible comedy film (haha), not your stereotypical type of movie with no well made plot at all -- try Epic Movie. I tried to detoxify myself after or else I might die of a ridiculous infection, Penn shouldn't have bothered touching that horrible script.

And so I gave it a five, since it made it to my all time movie favorites. I love it so much I would definitely watch out for the last of the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy. I do recommend this for someone who loves witty dialogues, a break from hearing the F word to summon that you should laugh at the joke, and all the slapstick shenanigans. And you, yes you, if you'd ever find an HD DVD copy of it, call me (well pm me instead.).

Yours, Mine, Our 'Christmas' (12/22/08)

Fact: No, I am not a Roman Catholic, no I don't also believe that Christ was born on the 25th of December, I don't even care when his earth birthday really was, I don't believe in Santa but I do believe that December is my most favorite month, truly because of the HOLIDAYS, the gifts, the decorations, the culmination of the entire year and also due to MY birthday. Now before anyone of you would react, please do read the entire thing first.


Two weeks ago, we had a different preacher at our church (Church Of Christ. Nope, not the Latter Day Saints or whatever words on or before those three words. Just plain COC.) because our regular was invited in Mindanao. It wasn't the sermon but for a part of it he did mentioned about 'Christmas'. He was talking that for 5 years he haven't have anything on their table on the 25th, no decorations, no gifts, banned carolers and inaanaks. Hmm. I believe when he ever visits the house at this time, I'm pretty sure he'd faint.

Yes, our house has christmas decors even if the rest of us (meaning church members) doesn't, we have gifts beside (not underneath, it's hard to clean) the 2-yr old Christmas tree (after we stopped decorating that small tree we previously had which is as almost as old as me *I think), we even have a small feast for OUR family. Yes. Just us, me and my three sisters with my parents (oh, and usually the family dog). Bad enough to be seen like this I'd say. But there is something with this tradition of ours. But first I need to talk about some things which would make me sound like an atheist or cynical but I wish you'd get the point.

If you are to ask people around, asking what do they think of Christmas you would usually get an astounding Christ's birth. That is if you ask them with a camera on hand or it may be a well-practiced answer which was, by the way, taught to us by parents. But do most of these people really mean it? Well, kids may not know who Papa Jesus really is but they do know that 25th is His (supposedly) birth. As kids they believe what they are told but they usually don't know and may not even understand who He really is and why was He even brought to earth in the first place. But how about those adults? Or even teens?

I surmise they would always say those given answers because IT is afterall, the right and the only answer to vocally tell everyone. But do they really mean it? Or is it filled with: 'Christmas party on Saturday', 'What do I give my bf?', 'How much would Ninang give me this time?', 'Argh calories'
, 'When would they ever give us our 13th Month pay?!', 'Have to go shopping', 'I'd ask mom if we'd rather spend the holidays touring HK Disneyland'. The list is endless. I think most people say that it is for Christ but is it really? I doubt.


When Christ was born on whatever date that is, there wasn't any preparation at all. Joseph and Maria wasn't exactly that ready to fix a feast or even wrap gifts to give to their first born child. The Magis did, because they thought it is the right thing to do. He is the King afterall. That is how a King should be treated, that was what they thought of as right. But given all the commercialization of Christmas and everything else concerned with it today, I guess we have gone far from the simplicity of it, and just like an old forgotten word, became obsolete.

Yes obsolete. Because no matter how you put it, or to voice it out or even throw thousands or even millions of pesos at being philanthropic as you are, as you were brought up into this world there is no sense in doing those acts all for the sake that IT IS Christmas. Carolers who say they are for good cause are just like those people who throw their kids on the street to beg because they believe that at this times, IT IS Christmas. IT IS Christmas. That's the problem. And I don't even know how to type it down to have people see it in my eyes.


So now that I've put that down, you may think that I maybe a big fat (i'm trying to lose fat...hahaha) hypocrite. Celebrating an event I don't believe in the first place. But as I've said before, I don't believe in Christmas. But I do believe in this wonderful memory why we even have 'christmas' in our home.

Once Iasked my mom why we even have one since our relatives from the provinces don't have Christmas. I was younger by then but I still remember her answer (which is in Filipino, but for the sake of this article I'd just translate it to English), 'We have Christmas because we (my mom and dad) thought that you are kids and you don't understand yet.' I still grew teary-eyed with that in mind. They thought of US first.
 Of how, that no matter how they would put it, we won't still get it why some kids have toys and food and decorations and trees and candy on the 25th while we haven't. And so they made us Christmas. Something that we'd look forward to every year where we greet and hug and kiss and eat and tear those gifts on the strike of midnight. We don't usually eat at the same time because of classes and work but at this moment, at those moments, those were the Christmas that I remember. Those christmas when we do the grocery and cook and watch tv and guess what things are under those wrappers. That is my christmas. My family's christmas. I knew God was in the center of it all but still. Even if the Bible does not tell us to celebrate it on the 25th but this was, our, my family's time out. Our own Christmas (weeping now, can't see monitor).


Now let me ask you, do you really celebrate His birth? Is it really at the upmost concern of your Christmas? I won't know your answer but atleast be honest with yourself. Stop using His name in vain, in the hopes of looking good, or feeling good to use as an excuse why you are spending this much on Holidays. I still don't believe I'm celebrating His birth. And I don't even care when. I should celebrate the life that He gave me and He still would rule my life for all the days of my years. I don't need Christmas to show off that I am happy that He lived. All I know is that Christmas for me is a good enough alibi to remember a memory that brought 'Christmas' to our house. And that reason is well good enough I believe Christ would always understand.

ANBSR: Breaking Dawn


Rating:★★★
Category:Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author:Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn (12/6/08)

Since I'm testing my extraction, I will use this time to write my review on this book (but now I'm typing it on notepad after scribbling it on paper days back).

The last and fourth installment of the series (a friend told me so, the 5th, Midnight Sun, for those unaware, is still Twilight, just the Edward version. I'm currently reading a draft on my spare time though I don't intend on 'actually' reading it... I can't find a real copy... sorry... besides I'm reading a different book at this moment), I am disappointed that the saga ended so soon. Aww. I even thought of stopping abruptly only to realize I couldn't stop myself (when did I ever anyway?) in reading the next chapters (I really need to step it up if I wanted to finish those other books I'm itching to read) on finding out what will happen next especially when my (obvious) assumption happened -- sooner or later, the Volturi would be agitated. But disappointingly, even if they did, not a droplet of blood was shed on what I call 'The Judgement' (oh, minus Irina who sacrificed herself after her selfish act) beside the elks, tiger and blood from Bella's labor.

Speaking of Bella's pregnancy, that took me a while to have the thought in the deep recesses of my head, maybe because I ruled that out but, wow. THAT is a brilliant idea. Everything totally fit in with this one.

There are things I wanted to point out though. Like Jacob's imprinting. Now that is a sneaky one. It is charming, Jacob finally loving someone other than Bella but 'Their (Bella & Edward's) daughter?!!!' Argh. Too much. Guess that's where the anti-aging part comes in handy eh?


And still on Jacob. Now let me correct again, for another mistake, he is not a werewolf. He is just a human with a gene that can turn him in a wolf. Ok, fine, move on.

Another noticeable factor is that the brewing brawl of the Volturi with the Cullens & friends was such a wonderful idea, but then it never really happened. It's like instead of escalating further, Meyer toned it as soon as she can, no fight, no way those powers were put to use (It was just a ruse I tell you!!). What a waste of introducing new powerful characters, building up my anticipation that there WOULD be a nasty fight (Go violence! Haha) with nothing at all (cries...).

So, if you are to watch the movie, and if they are making it in the future, I do hope they'd do better than just an X-Men 3 (The Last Stand) rerun (oh pahleeasse), a movie filled with abilities you'd never see on field (well you will, but for a mere few seconds the movie can STAND (haha pun) without them. I will remind you of the Archangel character (gimme a break I can't remember his name!) who is not really ENTIRELY necessary to be on the film).

And oh. Before anything else, IT is filled with hmm... how would I put it, 'doing something at night which Edward has no means of doing before'. Great (sarcastic). My head now filled with vampire lust. Meyer didn't just make me wonder how breath taking his kisses are but how skillful he must be to uhm... aww. Let's forget I even mentioned it...

And so this might be the last of my reviews on the Twilight saga and I'd give the entire thing 3.5 stars (4 is for HP series. Sorry...). I wanted to thank Meyer for entertaining me, it is something to read really. But to those who are so used to Ms.Rice, no, this is not even close to her works. To those who are posing as vampires, no this is not it as well, it was never intended to pump your adrenalines, no, but if you are a teen or a young adult (or even if you just like the thought of reading it) who is looking for a romantic novel (you must be in a phase right now huh? nyahaha, but seriously, if you wanted a good read) with a different take of things (different, as in, life constantly in danger with two oh so magical something something creatures)? Well yes. This is it.


Congo


Rating:★★★
Category:Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author:Michael Crichton (RIP)
Finished this a month ago, I guess (it was before I started reading the Twilight book, which I just read after I watched the film, and basically that's how far in the past it is) which was never a part of my plans. The book just caught my eye in Booksale, seeing that it was in good condition and was so cheap, I've tried to give it a try. I've never read a Crichton book before and the fact that at that time I just read from Time Magazine that he just died made it all the more that I should read a work of his.

Yes. Jackpot. The guy writes exactly what I want my writers to write, informative, fiction jiving with actual facts with a dash of witty humor.

I especially like the character of Amy the Gorilla, she's such a cute (I never really thought you could ever have cute and gorilla in one sentence) and an adorable character. I also liked his descriptions and how he presented Africa in ways I didn't know, from traditions that included cannibalism, to the description of the thick jungles I wouldn't dare go near in real life and yeap. The technology I've no idea exists or not.

Now if you haven't read this well here's an overview, it's about a team lead by a Karen Ross in search of Type II Boron type something something diamonds, in companionship of primatologist Peter Elliot with his sign-language able gorilla, Amy. Together they look for the City of Zinj (obviously the lost city had the diamonds), which I haven't researched yet if it was a 'real legend' (if you know what I mean).

What I could say about it is that, it made me learn a whole lot of things from gorilla research to piggyback slurp, aww gosh. Never thought i'd enjoy a 1980 book in all it's technology-lagged glory. Remind yourself internet was still an impossibility at that time and you'd be just fine with the book.

Oh, just to make things even better? I believe I just read it in a day and a half in between work. It just means two things, he's such a wonderful story teller you'd find yourself hooked. (",)

Twilight

Rating:★★★
Category:Books
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Author:Stephenie Meyer
Finally finished the book yesterday (Dec 4, which means it took me 4 days of sneaking it in between my work times, and an hour per day before finally retiring to my bed) and yes. It did entertain me.

Now do not forget I just made the review of the movie version and my instincts are so right on how I hated the film. Why? Well let me enumerate 'some' parts:

1. In watching the film, have you noticed the gaps? Those parts where Bella and Edward just stare endlessly at each other? I didn't get it on screen but I do now understood what it meant. She is mystified by his beauty and he, mystified with her smell. Well sorry didn't really get it. They don't look mystified to me.

2. Rosalie (no not that vampire girl with the spiky hair, the other one) was not the one who wore Bella's jacket. It was Esme (their "mother") who not only wore her jacket, but instead, completely exchanged clothes.

3. Did you know that Emmett (the huge bulky vampire guy) can actually affect emotions? Nope.

4. Did you know that Alice (yes, she's the one with the short spiky hair) was the one who dressed Bella to the prom? And did you know that they were actually in so good terms on the book? Something so important as this should not have been missed out. Oh yeah. They were close. Big deal! (sarcasm there)

5. I challenge you to tell me how the 5 of them became vampires. It is important, I guess, in knowing how, why, and who transformed who. Did you know that James once hunted Alice? And as he claimed, smelled way better than Bella? (No, James haven't tasted Alice's blood. Someone else did. Better read it ok?)

6. There is this Voltair(e) (not sure about the spelling. I'm so tired of checking it again...) family, Edward says the closest thing they have in a monarch family of 'their' kind. I instinctively believe they'd show up later on her books.

7. I wished they emphasized
a. Edward's romantic Nth century (forgot again sorry) attitude towards Bella
b. Bella's obsession over him and the urge in becoming a vampire which is hugely important on the
sequel's preface. (Aww...I was so thrilled with the 'dream' I wished it would be executed perfectly on the next Twilight movie)

Well that's all I could write. But there are tons of things that would be so hard for anyone who hasn't read it in understanding the film. Yes, it won't exactly be like the book, but I do believe some of the things I enumerated (plus the things I'm so lazy to add) are quite essential in establishing characters, motives, relationships and even paving the way for the movie sequel.

And oh, before I forget, pay no attention to those comparing it with HP. Please. Stop. Movie and Book included.

To Mourn Someone Familiar

How would I write a poem to mourn
A person I wasn't close to from highschool?
We knew each other by name and face
We may even had memories with our similar friends.
But what would I write to mourn
Someone I knew nothing special of?
That all that I knew is less than who he really is,
I may not even know who he had been lately!
Why I would write a poem to mourn
Is maybe due to reasons we are all unaware
Or maybe because I never had the chance to learn
Who he really was as others have known.
Note: He wasn't my friend. He wasn't anyone in my life other than being my classmate. Yet this fact that makes me feel I should, in behalf of those who barely knew him, especially those people that surrounded him. R.I.P Mark Lester Cruz.

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note: uhm di pa po to tapos. but this article i wrote was ages ago. I thought I should do myself a favor and post it na lang. waheheh... apologies...




Aguinaldo Highway
Kung nakatira ka sa Cavite, hindi mo kailanman mamimiss ang Aguinaldo Highway. Simula ng mag-college ako at magkatrabaho, mas matagal na ang ginugol kong oras sa daanang ito kaysa sa bahay. Paano banaman, ilang oras na byahe rin ang tinatagal ko rito makapasok lang (Pero syempre, mas madalas na ako ngayon sa Daang Hari). Marami na ang nakinabang at patuloy na nakikinabang dito. Andyan yung mga nagdedeliver ng goods, yung mga trabahador na nakatira sa Cavite at namamasukan sa kalakhang Maynila, mga akyat-bus vendors, malls, eskwelahan atbp. Ang laki nga ng naitulong nito sa akin. Dito, nagiging madali para sa akin ang pagiisip ng mga maaring isulat, ireview ang mga nangyari ng buong araw at makapahinga na rin kahit papaano sa maghapong pagpunta-punta ko sa kung saan-saan. Pero syempre andyan na rin yung sinisi ko na rin ito ng maka-ilang beses dahil sa aking pagkalate - dalawang late na hinding hindi ko makakalimutan.

Ang unang beses na halos himatayin ako sa pagkalate ay noong eleksyon (nalimutan ko na kung anong taon). Tanghali pa ang pasok ko non, pero naging habit ko na na umalis ng maaga. Tatlong oras ang ina-llot ko noong araw na iyon. Tatlong oras na parang wala lang.

Nakasakay ako non sa jeep at nakapuna na grabe na ang siksikan ng sasakyan sa lane ng paluwas. Wala pa kami halos sa Imus noon pero sabi ko sa sarili ko, matagal pa naman ang oras. Pwede pa kong mag-aral mamaya para sa quiz sa trigonometry. Pero infairness. nakakabore ang nakaupo lang. Sinubukan kong basahin ang notes ko. Sinubukan kong intindihin yung laman kaso wala namang pumapasok sa utak ko. Hindi na yon nakakagulat kasi yun ngang normal na walang exam wala na akong maintindihan don e yun pa kayang nagbu-build up na yung pressure sa utak ko. Mayamaya sinubukan kong maglaro sa cellphone. Tapos mamaya nireview ko yung schedule ko. Aha. Wala pa rin. Maya-maya isang oras na lang time na. Naku lagot. Wala pa sa kalahati ang byahe ko. Paano na??

Nagpapanic na ko kasi dehado na ko sa klase na yon. Ang quiz na yon ay mahalaga sa ika-tataas ng grade ko. At ang record. Ang record ng hindi nale-late. Madudungisan pa ata. Kung pwede lang sana lakarin ang Cavite-Makati ng hindi napupudpod ang swelas ng sapatos ko (At syempre kung feasible nga ito sa ganitong panahon).

Hindi na ako nakaabot sa exam o kahit sa klase na iyon. Mga alas dos na kasi ako nakarating. Nakakainis kasi hindi na rin ako pinagbigyan kumuha ng exam. Ang masaklap pa non, ako pa ang nasabihan na bakit kasi hindi ako umalis ng maaga. Naku... Kung alam ko lang na darating ang politiko na iyon. E di sana...
Bakit ba kasi ganon? Kung sino pa ang politiko sya pa ang hari ng daan. Andyan yung napakaraming pila ng mga luxury cars at ang mga nakamotor na palibot sa kanila. Di bale nang ma-late ang mga factory worker, construction worker, at kung anu-anong pang uri ng obrero makarating lang sila sa pupuntahan. Para nga naman daw hindi sila 'ma-late' sa isang 'mahalagang pagpupulong'. All that work para makarating sila ng (pero wag ka, atrasado pa rin sa oras!) at minsan, tinutulugang (malas mo kung 5 mins lang sya ron) pagpupulong para nga naman sa 'benefit of the many'. Isipin mo nga naman, ano nga ba ang halaga ng first job interview mo sa meeting de abanse ng mga politiko?

Isa pa sa instance na ako ay na-late (this time sa trabaho naman) ay noong nagkaroon ng aksidente sa may Longos. Tumaob raw ang bus at na-congest na ang buong Aguinaldo Highway. Umabot na nga raw ito hanggang Dasma. Kahit yung looban na mga kalsada no good na rin. Hmm. Maisip ko nga. Ano bang magagawa ng kaalaman ko na umabot na ito ng Dasma? Ah, tama. Na swerte pa pala ako dahil tanaw ko na ang Rob-Imus. Wow! Lalakarin ko na lang siguro hanggang Imus palengke. Ang swerte ko noh? (Sarcastic yon, just in case hindi nyo nakuha)

Pagod na pagod ako pagkarating ng terminal na sinasakyan ko papuntang Alabang.  Nakahabol lang nga ako sa isang van doon. Buti na lang at nabilang ako sa mga mapapalad na kasama sa kaisa-isang van na nakabalik (Iba ang interpretation doon ng ka-officemate ko). Alam ko na rin kung gaano ako ka-late. Hindi ko na kasi makilala ang mga kasabay ko. Wala nang naka-formal o nakapang-opisina. At Monday pa yun huh.

Sa van, walang tigil sa kakaulit si Manong (itago na lang natin sa pangalang Roy) na first time nyang male-late sa trabaho at mawawalan sya ng 2k bonus dahil sa kaisa-isang late na iyon. Na sana bigyan sya ng konsiderasyon dahil maaga naman talaga sya umalis. Nagkataon lang talaga na nagka-aksidente.
Halos ganyan naman ang kaso ng isa ring nursing student na kasabay ko. Bale yung mom nya yung kinukwentuhan ni Roy ng bonus nya. Ito naman estudyanteng ito, board exam nya at late na sya. Kawawang bata. Ang hirap naman non. Nakakapressure na nga yung exam, malelate ka pa. Di ko lang alam kung naka-pag-take pa sya. Pero sana nga. Sayang naman yun. Pero pano nga ba nagkaron ng ganoong kagrabeng traffic? Me tumagilid na nga dati roon na softdrink vehicle pero hindi naman naging ganon kagrabe. Ay oo nga pala. Kaninang madaling araw pa pala yon nakataob at hindi lang inaaksyunan. Kasi inisip nila na di naman sagabal yon. Ano nga naman ba ang epekto ng isang nakataob na bus laban sa matinding monday morning rush hour? No match.

Center Island
Kung aksidente sa kalsada ang labanan, wala nang tatalo pa sa mga center islands sa may Silla's at sa Bayan Luma. Simula ata ng tinayo ang dalawang magkasunod na center island na yan e nadaig pa nila ang mga basketball players sa kakascore ng points kung saan ang mas maraming naaksidenteng sasakyan kaysa napagsisilbihang mamamayan. Parang janitor fish na imbes na solusyon e problema ang dulot. At hindi lang basta jeep o kaya  bus ang pinupuntirya nila. Mga 6-wheeler trucks ang niyuyupi nila. Natawa nga ko don kasi hindi pa sya nabuwanan sa pagkakatapos (maalala ko nga pala, masikip na daloy ng traffic rin lang naman ang kinause nya nung kasalukyang ginagawa sya) e unti unti nang nagagalusan ang makinis nitong pink na katawan. Ang pinakahuli nga atang combo niya e yung sabado na namili kami sa makro (uuy first time ko don!). Mga alas onse kami bumyahe gamit ang aming car (woohoo car daw oh! sige masilaw ka!) me naabutan kami rong nabangga. Tatlo silang private vehicle na naloko ng center island. At kung akala nyo natatapos don ang kwento, yung isang sasakyan don, aba, nauna lang sa min magpatakbo. Ayun, nakita na lang namin na kasali na sa mga biktima ng buhay na center island.

Noong nakaraang Linggo, nadaanan uli namin yung isa sa center island sa Sillas. Island nga talaga dahil tila lumubog na sya katulad ng ilan sa isla sa Pilipinas. Hindi na namin sya makita. Tinibag na ito. Ang solusyon naman lang na hinihingi ng mga taga-roon ay lagyan man lang nila ng pailaw dahil hindi ito makita lalo na pag madaling araw. Pero gaya ng desisyon na tayuan ito ng center island in the first place (kung saan marami ang tutol at nagtataka bakit ba ito tinayo talaga), minabuti na lang nila na tibagin ito ng tuluyan. Sabi ko tuloy, ang tali-talino ng nasa likod ng proyektong ito. Ni hindi man lang pinag-aralan kung dapat ngang magkaroon doon ng center island kaya ngayon, sisirain na lang nila. Para kang bumili ng gamit na hindi naman nakabuti sa iyo kaya dapat nga lang na itapon mo lang. Iyon ay KUNG gamit AT pambili MO iyon. Iba na ang kaso kung yun ang pinaghirapan mong buwis na ginastos lang sa ganyang paraan. Di bale nga sana kung itatapon at kakalimutan mo na lang. Kaso sa parehong pagkakataon ng pag-acquire at pagdespatsa, kailangan mong gumastos at iawas sa nilamay mo sa maghapon. Tsk tsk.

Lamp Post
Kung tama ang tanda ko, nagkaroon muna ng Summit bago dumating ang bagyong Milenyo. Hindi ko eksaktong maalala kung anong event ang meron pero alam kong maraming mahahalagang delegado ang darating galing sa ibang bansa. Natural na sila ay manggagaling sa NAIA kaya isa lang ang dadaanan nila pagkagaling doon, ang Baclaran. Nagulat ako noon kasi ilang linggo bago ang naturang event, dumami ang construction ng mga bagong lamp posts sa kalsada ng Pasay. Nagkaroon din nga mga halaman at nilinis ang mga bangketa. Halos araw araw nga merong habulan/taguan ang mga MMDA at ang mga illegal peddlers para lang mapanatiling malinis ang bubungad sa mga bisita. Natuwa ako kahit na alam kong dahil lang sa mga bisita kaya parang nahimasmasan ang administrasyon ng Pasay kaya bigla nila itong pinaganda. Tila ba nahawa na sila sa pinapagandang Maynila. Nakakatuwa na sana pero...

Natapos ang event ay parang nakalimutan na nilang tapusin ang nakabinbing gawain. Halatang nanakaw na ang ibang palamuti nito at ang mga "bagong tanim" na halaman, itinanim para maapakan at mamatay sa uhaw. Marami talaga doon ang hindi na napakinabangan. Marami nga roong maliliit na ilaw na kung hindi basag ay nasuksukan na ng mga plastic at kung anu-anong basura. Ni hindi ko man lang nakitang napailaw ang mga lamp post.

Magkano ba kasi ang isang lamp post? Bukod sa kuryente, syempre kailangan matibay rin ito lalo na at daanan ng bagyo ang bansa natin. At syempre, para mas maganda, bibili tayo sa ibang bansa. Mahal na nga, madali pang mapuslit ang overpricing. Typical na notion ng isang pinoy na basta galing abroad, mas mahal at mas maganda. Wala nga namang makakahalata.

Ang masama nito, kahit saan maraming ganito. Maraming lamp post na wala namang silbi. Meron ngang lugar sa Tondo na sinabi nung matanda sa akin na delikado doon dahil kahit anong gawing pagpapalit ng bumbilya ng mga lamp post na ito ay binabasag naman ng mga masasamang loob para mas madaling makapagnakaw. Mahal at wala nang silbi. Parang gusto mo tuloy sabihin, 'Ano ka, mayaman?!'

Public Toilet
One word. Eww. Sobrang nakakadiri ang mga public toilet natin. Actually hindi lang talaga yung mga toilet na tustos ng gobyerno. Isama na rin natin ang mga nasa mall, fastfood restaurants at ang mga pink urinals na kung hindi 'Out Of Service' ay nakakasulasok ang amoy.
Nung nagbabyahe pa ako halos masuka suka ako sa urinal ng mga dyan sa Pasay. Mas maigi siguro na huwag ko na lang idescribe ang itsura. Hint: Bukod sa masangsang na amoy ay matatakot ka pang baka madulas ka if ever you'd get too near...

Kahit sa ilang mall, Star City, gas station, mrt, public toilets na may bayad kitang kita kung sino sino ang nagpunta ron. Kahit gusto mong mainis sa mismong management ng mga ito mas maiinis ka rin kasi sa kung paanong pinapakita ng mga iresponsableng mga nilalang ang paggamit nito. Ang simple simple ng sabi, itapon sa tamang basurahan ang used toiletries, huwag na huwag sa mismong toilet bowl dahil babara, huwag apakan ang toilet, pagbuhos/flush pagkatapos at ang tamang pagkonsumo ng tubig. Baboy ang ugali ng mga ganitong tao. Parang walang banyo sa bahay. And to think na nasisikmura nilang gawin ang mga bagay na kahit bata alam kung ano ang tama.

What I'm listening to right now : The Man Who Can't Be Moved

Yeap. Well kasalanan to ni mark. Ngayon ko lang actually narealize na 'hey, oo nga, I can totally just write anything I want coz it's my blog anyway.'
This song is in my playlist right now, nope, not because it's in, but because I honestly love the entire composition of it. Hope every man of my time is like that. Haha

The Man Who Can't Be Moved

*lyrics from lyricsmode.com

Going back to the corner where I first saw you,
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag I'm not gonna move,
Got some words on cardboard got your picture in my hand,
Saying if you see this girl can you tell her where I am,
Some try to hand me money they don't understand,
I'm not...broke I'm just a broken hearted man,
I know it makes no sense, but what else can I do,
How can I move on when I'm still in love with you...
Cos if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet,
And you'd see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.
So I'm not moving...
I'm not moving.
Policeman says son you can't stay here,
I said there's someone I'm waiting for if it's a day, a month, a year,
Gotta stand my ground even if it rains or snows,
If she changes her mind this is the first place she will go.
Cos if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet,
And you'd see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.
So I'm not moving...
I'm not moving.
I'm not moving...
I'm not moving.
People talk about the guy
Who's waiting on a girl...
Oohoohwoo
There are no holes in his shoes
But a big hole in his world...
Hmmmm
and maybe I'll get famous as man who can't be moved,
And maybe you won't mean to but you'll see me on the news,
And you'll come running to the corner...
Cos you'll know it's just for you
I'm the man who can't be moved
I'm the man who can't be moved...
Cos if one day you wake up and find that you're missing me,
And your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I can be,
Thinking maybe you'll come back here to the place that we'd meet,
And you'd see me waiting for you on the corner of the street.
[Repeat in background]
So I'm not moving...
I'm not moving.
I'm not moving...
I'm not moving.
Going back to the corner where I first saw you,
Gonna camp in my sleeping bag not I'm not gonna move.

Problem Solved: ICE Campaign

We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call.

Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign. The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as "ICE."

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!


*disclaimer: nope not my post. just saw this on the company site i'm in. She haven't mentioned where she got it either... sorry.

College (12.05.2007)




"Napurnada na naman ang pangarap kong mag-college,"

Yan ang narinig kong linya minsan pagsakay ko sa jeep  papasok ng trabaho. Dalawang malamang ay kaedad o kaya ay mas matanda lang sa akin ng kaunti (yung nagsabi kasi ng nasa taas ay nagbanggit na ang kapatid nya sa kursong Computer Engineering ay nag-O-OJT na, kasabay ng kapatid ko). Pareho silang nakauniporme na kulay ube, tanda na doon sila nagtatrabaho sa isa sa mga factory sa hilera ng Aguinaldo Highway.

Bigla akong nalungkot sa narinig at biglang naikumpara sa sarili. Heto ako at nagtatrabaho sa isang kumpanya na naayon sa natapos ko at heto sya sa aking harap na ni hindi man lang ata nakatuntong ng kolehiyo. Malamang ay panganay pa sya katulad ko pero ang pinagkaiba namin ay sya, nagbigay daan sa pag-aaral ng nakababatang kapatid habang kaming tatlo ginapang sa pag-aaral ng aming mga magulang. Naisip ko tuloy, pagkatapos ng kontrata ko rito sa kumpanyang pinagtatrabahuhan ko, bukod sa biglang taas na ng expected rate ko ay maari pa kong makapag-abroad na hindi construction worker o DH ang labas ko. E paano sya? Pa-renew renew sa sariling bansa bilang factory worker?



Sa totoo lang, dalawa lang naman ang dahilan bakit maraming gustong mag-college dito sa Pinas. Yan ay ang makahanap ng trabaho at maiahon ang pamilya, at ang isa, pampataas ng halaga sa sarili.

Oo. pampataas ng halaga sa sarili. Gusto mong maiangat ang iyong sarili sa sandamakmak na highschool graduates na katulad mo. O mas higit pa sa mga di man lang umabot ng Grade Six.

Hindi ko alam kung anong pakiramdam ng naiwan sa pag-aaral. Naiwanan sa mga usong gamit, oo, maraming beses, pero hindi kami nakaranas ng mga kapatid ko na lumiban ng isang taon sa pag-aaral. Ni hindi nga kami nakaranas maga-aral sa public school sa buong buhay namin. Akala ko lahat ng bata katulad ko ng sitwasyon. Nalaman ko lang na malaking bagay iyon ng minsang nagkwentuhan kami ng mga kaibigan kung saan kami nag-elementary. Ako pa ang nahiya ng magkaalaman na ako lang ang hindi nasayaran ng ambiance ng isang public elementary school. Na para bang kasalanan ko pa at ang dalawang panahon lang na nakatungtong ako sa ganoong lugar (ever) ay nang mag-NSAT kami noong Grade Six sa isang elementary school sa may sa min at ang pagkuha ko ng entrance exam sa Pamantasan ng Maynila.

Sa kolehiyo mas malala ang walaan ng estudyante. Asa ka pa na kung nagsimula kayo sa 40 ay buo kayong makakatanggap ng diploma ng walang namamatay dahil sa frat, maagang nag-aasawa o nabubuntis, ang paminsan-minsang suicide sa isang milyong dahilan, pag-da-drop ng subjects hanggang sa mauwi sa tuluyang pag-alis sa paaralan, di na maaring makapagaral dahil sa financial problems, at ang minsang pumapalya na mag-wo-working student raw pero mauuwi sa tuluyang pag-abandona sa pag-aaral at kung anu-ano pa.

Noong college, nagkaron ako ng mga kaklase na hindi na talaga kailangan mag-aral ULI dahil nakatapos na naman sila ng kolehiyo sa ibang kurso. Meron din namang marami ang bumabalik sa eskwelahan dahil gusto nilang magkaron ng diploma. Yan ang case ng kaklase ko sa NSTP na freelance web designer. Kahit kumikita na ng malaki ( o sa madaling sabi, limpak limpak), gusto nya pa rin ang magkaroon ng diploma kahit pa ulitin nya lahat ng subjects (oo, kahit na Math!) na hindi sa kanya naicredit. Katwiran nila, iba talaga ang may natapos.

Mas mataas na posisyon ang dapat sana mapunta sa ama ng isa sa aking mga kaibigan. Ilang taon na rin kasi sya sa serbisyo pero isa lang ang pumipigil sa departamento na bigyan sya ng promotion. Ang kawalan ng diploma. Hindi sya maiconsider dahil LANG doon. Napakalaking LANG. Katulad rin ni papa na hindi umuusad sa posisyon. Paano ilang units na lang kinatamaran pa tapusin.



Ngayon di ko alam kung anong klaseng ngiwi ang aking gagawin tuwing nakakakita ako ng job openings. Paano banaman ay napakademanding ng mga kumpanya ngayon. Andyan yung gusto nila ng BS Graduate with very good scholastic records (so mangisay ka na lang dyan kung nagkaron ka ng bagsak sa Art Appreciation mo kasi nga naman makakatulong yon sa pagtatrabaho mo sa kanila; at take note, minsan EXCELLENT ang hinahanap nila), yung tipong gusto nila LAHAT alam mo (kunwari gusto mo mag-WEB design, kailangan, PROFICIENT ka na AGAD sa lahat ng scripting languages possible, na yung iba ni hindi nyo tinake-up noong college), at syempre ang kalokohang N years of experience na babanatan naman nila sa pinakaibabang qualification na 'Fresh graduates are welcome to apply'. Ewan ko sa inyo huh, pero don lagi nakatuon yung mga mata ko. Don sa part na me experience na. Nakakainis kasi unfair sa di naman nag-work noong college nila. Na malay ba nila yon. Isa pa don yung mga alam mo. Kalokohang isipin na lahat ng graduates ay na-take-up lahat ng ma-eexperience nila sa paaralan lalo na ang mga bagay na di naman kasama sa curriculum. Minsan naman, kasali nga, pero asa ka naman sa ituturo at malalaman mo. Kami nga eh, nagtake kami ng RDBMS noong college pero tignan mo naman. Chicken feed ang isang sem (3 months) naming pag-ke-query sa natutunan ko dito sa trabaho at sa training.

O sige, andoon na tayo sa dapat nga pinagbuti mo noong estudyante ka pa. Pero kahit sino magdadalawang isip sa pagbasa ng job opening na hard to reach. Na para bang nawalan ka agad ng karapatan (lalo na sa part na kung may nabagsak kang subject) na magtrabaho. Na dahil sa mga pagkakamali mo noong college, nahusgahan ka na nila sa kakayanan mo magtrabaho. E kung tutuusin yung iba naman dyan, front lang at OA naman ang ibang requirement. Merong job na ang kailangan ay College Graduate at mahilig raw magbasa ng books. Book Associate daw. Uy, ang ganda ng job title. Pagpunta namin don, magbebenta ka lang ng libro sa isang bookstore. Ayos ah. E kung tutuusin kahit hindi highschool graduate e pasok ron. Ituturo mo lang naman kung saan ang stalls o kaya naman aayusin mo yung mga libro. AT syempre, kung mahilig ka naman magbasa, parusa ang maghapon kang nakatayo at nag-aayos ng mga libro na hindi mo naman maaring basahin. Para mo na lang tinakam ang sarili mo sa mga bagong labas na libro na hindi naman mapapasayo hanggat hindi mo binibili.

Nainis ako ng malaman ko na ganoon pala ang gagawin. Insulto iyon sa akin kasi tambayan ko yon tapos pagbebentahin nya ko sa lugar na iyon?! At isa pa, aba! Graduate ako ano! Bakit ako magbebenta? Mayabang na kung mayabang pero hindi worth it ang ganoong trabaho sa akin. Siguro part time o kaya summer job pwede pa. Hindi ako dapat pumayag na doon ang bagsak ko pagkatapos ko mag-aral ng apat na taon. Lalo pa akong nairita ng pinipillit ako nung ahente. Kung pwede ko lang syang sagutin gusto ko sabihin, pwede ba?



Minsan kasi yang mga interviewer na yan, lalo na pag-agency kahit alam nilang overqualified na ang COLLEGE GRADUATE, pinipilit pa rin nila sa trabaho na hindi sa kanila dapat. Tignan mo naman ang mga janitor sa isang kumpanya ng processors dito sa bansa, mga graduates ng CS, IT, Engineering, Nursing, Accounting atbp. Nakakahiya, nakakainis, nakakababa ng pagkatao. Na pagkatapos mong paghirapan ang apat na taon, maglilinis ka lang ng banyo. (NOTE: Hindi ko po minamaliit ang trabaho ng janitor, driver, tagabenta ng kahit ano, ahente, construction worker, DH, factory worker, promo girl, mascot at kung anu-ano pang mangagagawa na hindi nakaharap sa pc at may sariling pwesto sa opisina. Kung tutuusin nga ay dating driver si papa ng ambulansya at balak naman ni mama mag-DH. Ang pinupunto ko po ay ang mga bagong graduate na nangagarap magtrabaho sa posisyong gusto nila ngunit hindi nila makuha dahil sa mga gusto ng mga kumpanya na matataas na requirement. AT syempre, kesa nga naman sa matengga at kailangan pang tumulong sa magulang, mapipilitan kang kunin ang mga trabaho na nabanggit ko sa taas. Ang mali nga lang ay minsan, mahirap nang makaalis once na nalinya ka na sa trabahong iyon. Muli, huhusgahan ka na nila agad, at mahihirapan ka nang makaahon sa kung ano mang sinimulan mo.)

Kung 2nd Year ang inabot mo sa college, maari ka nang magtrabaho. Yan ang bagong pauso ng (ilang) mga contact centers (tigilan nyo na ang pagtawag sa kanila ng call center, utang na loob) na nagusbungang parang kabute sa ating bansa. Hulog iyon ng langit sa mga working students na bukod sa pinag-aaral na ang sarili ay kailangan pang-magbudget sa pag-aaral ng mga kapatid hanggang sa mga pinsan, pamangkin hanggang 5th consanguinity. Syempre, sa kanya rin nakaatang ang house bills: kuryente, pagkain, tubig, telepono, cable (?!) atbp. Maganda nga iyon. Sa iyo na nga naka-asa ang lahat, kailangan mo pang panatilihin ang sarili mo na hindi i-give-up ang sariling pag-aaral na sa kalaunan ay maiisip mong gastos sa lumalaking pamilya ng mga kapatid at pinsan  na pinag-aaral mo.

Ganyan ang nangyari sa nakilala kong lalaki, minsan sa isa kong pag-aapply. Agency iyon ng contact center kung saan isinama ako ng isang kaibigan. Kasagsagan iyon ng wala naman talaga akong dahilan para maghanap ng trabaho. Kumbaga pampalipas oras ko ito hanggat hindi pa naman ako legal na graduate (bale 3 buwan mahigit ang aantayin ko noon bago makatuntong sa PICC). Dito ako nanlumo na bakit ba ganon ang ginagawa ko.



Batch interview ang nangyari. Hindi naman namin sya kasabay ngunit nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makausap sya noong solo talk na ang ginagawa sa mga aplikante kung saan sinasabi na ang padadalhan sa iyong kumpanya. Nang mga panahong iyon ay nasa labas ako at nag-aantay tawagin habang yung kaibigan ko naman ang kinakausap sa loob.

Kwento nya, susubukan raw nyang makapasok sa mas magandang contact center dahil wala naman syang ibang choice bilang undergrad. Galing kasi sya sa isang banko na may service center at isa sya sa tumatawag para mag-alok ng credit card. Mababa raw ang sweldo nya doon at hindi na talaga sapat. Ang masama pa nito, hindi pa sila pinakikisamahan ng maganda ng supervisor nila. Tipong 'bahala ka sa buhay mo kung wala kang alam, basta ako binabayaran, at ikaw, agent lang'. Pareho sila ng pinsan nya (nagtatrabaho naman ito sa factory, 2k ata kada buwan) na kumakayod ngunit hindi rin nakapagtapos.

Ang galing noh? Maaga pa lang, iniisip na nila ang kinabukasan ng mga pamangkin nila. Oo ng mga pamangkin nila. Iniwan raw kasi ang mga ito ng kanilang mga magulang. Nakakabuwisit pero totoo. Nag-anak ng marami ang mga kapatid at pinsan nila at pagkatapos i-papatong ang sarili nilang responsibilidad sa dalawang batang ito na dapat sana ay nakatapos ng kolehiyo at makakakuha ng posisyon na hindi palipat lipat ng contact center. Bale, wala na ngang trabaho ang iba nilang kamag-anak, nagdaragdag pa ng palamunin. Eksakto pag-alis namin, pinapasok na siya sampu ng mga ka-batch nya na papasok sa interview roon. Naisip ko tuloy, ano na kaya ang nangyari sa kanilang dakilang magpinsan? Nagaaral kaya uli sila? Nakakuha kaya sila ng mas magandang trabaho? Napansin kaya ng mga kamag-anak nila ang sakripisyon nila? Sana.

Kinagabihan, umuwi ako ng pagod at nagiisip kung paano ko ba masusolusyunan ang pinapagawa sa akin. Sa harap ako noon , sa tabi ng driver ng jeep ng isa uling empleyado ng nasabing factory ang tumabi sa akin na mukha na ring pauwi.

Sa loob loob ko, ayoko talaga ng may katabi pag andito ako sa may harapan. Nang ako ay makapagpara na, natural lang na bumaba muna ang tumabi sa kin para makaalis ako. Napatingin ako sa sapatos nya na may drawing. Pamilyar ah. Huli na nang maalala ko. Sya rin yon.




Update: (03.24.2013 Pictures were added to this really old article)

Natawa lang talaga ako…

Posted by kristina15 on 25th August 2006

Spoiler: Galing po ito sa www.tristancafe.com kung saan ay ipinost po ito ng may username na jam_ganda.
Sobrang natuwa talaga ako sa laman nito.

These are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters who had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place.
Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July fifteenth.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.

Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
A: Yes.
Q: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
A: I forget.
Q: You forget. Can you give us an example of something that you’ve forgotten?

Q: How old is your son, the one living with you?
A: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can’t remember which.
Q: How long has he lived with you?
A: Forty-five years.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.

Q: And where was the location of the accident?
A: Approximately milepost 499.
Q: And where is milepost 499?
A: Probably between milepost 498 and 500.

Q: Sir, what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

Q: Did you blow your horn or anything?
A: After the accident?
Q: Before the accident.
A: Sure, I played for ten years. I even went to school for it.

Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo or the occult?
A: We both do.
Q: Voodoo?
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo.

Q: Trooper, when you stopped the defendant, were your red and blue lights flashing?
A: Yes.
Q: Did the defendant say anything when she got out of her car?
A: Yes, sir.
Q: What did she say?
A: What disco am I at?

Q: Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?

Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year old, how old is he?

Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?

Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August eighth?
A: Yes.
Q: And what were you doing at that time?

Q: She had three children, right?
A: Yes.
Q: How many were boys?
A: None.
Q: Were there any girls?

Q: You say the stairs went down to the basement?
A: Yes.
Q: And these stairs, did they go up also?

Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?

Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?

Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: All your responses must be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
A: Oral.

Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.

Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?

Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
A: No.
Q: Did you check for breathing?
A: No.
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
A: No.
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.

Ang Kumakanta, Ang Bulag at Ang Nagtitinda

Original Link : kristina15.blog.friendster.com
Posted by kristina15 on 30th July 2006

aba’t akalain mo.  mantakin nyo banamang ang tatlong to ang nagpagulo sa aking mapayapang pag-iisip. sino-sino nga naman ba sila? at ano ang koneksyon nila sa isa’t isa? well. lahat sila nakilala ko habang ako ay nasa bus.

ang una sa king nagparamdam ay ang kumakanta. nasa may harap ako nun at sa salamin ay napansin kong me itsura ang aking katabi. mayamaya ay may umakyat na isang bata na may improvised na drum. traffic kaya dinig ko ang matinis nitong boses. yun nga lang di ko maintindihan. parang kinakain lang nya ang laman ng kanyang mga salita. ni hindi ko malaman ang message na pinaparating nya. ang alam ko lang, lokal na wika yun. nang matapos sya, nagbigay naman sya ng envelope. sa likod sya kumanta at pumasok pero sinuyod nya ang dalawang dulo nito para lang magabot ng envelope. inabutan nya rin ako.

ang pangalawa ay ang bulag. sa me dulo ng coastal road ko sya nakita, akay-akay ng isang lalaki. akala ko tatawid lang. yun pala, nangangatok sa mga magagarang sasakyan para makahingi ng piso.
ang pangatlo, ang nagtitinda. bago sya magtinda ay namigay muna sya ng isang card na may nakasulat na isa syang working student na nangangailangan ng tulong para patuloy syang makapagaral. sa dulo pa nga noon ay may nakasulat na: "P.S. Bili na kayo plsssssss…" (yeap…marami po syang nilagay na s.) ang tinitinda nya ay makapuno at yung ibang sweets na mas mahal ng limang piso (aba totoo naman no! nabili ako nun tas sya ang mahal magbenta, e pareho lang naman ng itsura!)

bukod sa lahat ay nakilala ko sa bus, lahat yun ay…di ko pinagbigyan.
di ako bumili.
di rin ako nanglimos.
ang pangit pa nga nung unang karanasan kasi kahit di binigyan ng envelope e pinahabol pa nung lalaking katabi ko yung "abuloy" nya.
ganun din sa bumili. di rin ako napabili ng "card" nya.

bakit?

yung bata, kasi di ko maintindihan yung kanta. besides, me nakikita akong mga batang ganun na umaakyat para kumanta.

yung bulag kasi nasa bus ako non, sya nasa baba, lumilibot sa nakaantay na traffic.

yung nagtitinda, kasi estudyante rin ako, ang perang hawak ko ay binigay lang sa kin ng aking mga magulang para may magamit sa araw-araw na pinaghirapan nila magdamag at hindi biro ang pagtitipid na ginagawa ko sa isang araw.

ang iniisip ko kasi, hangga’t nasasanay sila na binibigyan mo sila ng mamiso sa araw-araw ay matututo silang makontento sa kung ano ang binibigay ng mga taong naghihirap ipunin sa isang araw. oo narun na ko sa sila rin naman. kaya nga sila nanghihingi ng tulong. pero iba na rin kasi ang umaasa sa ganung buhay. hindi naman dadami ang mga ganyan sa kalsada kung alam nilang walang maawa sa kanila di ba? hindi nila pipiliting magsumikap para magkaron ng mas permanenteng buhay. tamad silang magdevelop ng mga skills o kaya naman ay tumulong sa palengke, karinderya atbp. mas mataas nga ang tingin ko sa mga yun kasi alam ko mas gugustuhin nilang magtrabaho kesa sa makuntento sa nakikiamot ng piso sa iba. tao rin sila. asan ang dignidad nun? 

yung etudyante, kaya naman nyang magapply sa mga fastfood chains ah! yung bulag, maari syang magtinda kasama yung lalaking nakaakay sa paglalakad nya. at yung mga bata…dapat sa kanila naglalaro. karapatan nilang maging masaya habang bata pa. hindi yung ginagawa ng mga tamad na magulang na di magawang magbanat ng buto at umaasa sa pakain na iniuuwi ng kanilang mga anak. kung tutuusin, walang pinagkaiba ang sitwasyon sa mga taong di nag-aral at nangongopya na lang sa pinaghirapang sagot na inaral buong magdamag. nakakasuka ang ganoong pag-uugali. kung tutuusin, kahit man lang konting pride at backbone…tubuan naman sana…

"Give man a fish and you feed him for a day; but teach him how to catch a fish and you feed him for a lifetime,"-Japanese proverb.


Ang Infamous '50 FACTS ABOUT THE PHILS email' & What I Have To Say

ORIGINAL EMAIL:
Do you disagree with any of these "facts"? Justify your answer. The following was posted in another forum:
50 Facts about the Philippines
Dapat ba akong magalit sa kanya (to the person who sent the poster this list) sa pagsampal sa akin sa katotohanan? That Philippines is...
50. Where the most happening places are not where the party is. Instead it is where the gang wars happen, where women strip and where the people overthrow a president.
49. Where even doctors, lawyers and engineers are unemployed.
48. Where everyone has his personal ghost story and superstition
47. Where mountains like Makiling and Banahaw are considered holy places.
46. Where everything can be forged.
45. Where school is considered the second home and the mall considered the third.
44. Where Starbucks coffee is more expensive than gas.
43. Where every street has a basketball court and every town only has one public school.
42. Where all kinds of animals are edible.
41. Where people speak all kinds of languages, and still call it Tagalog and where it is fast becoming unfashionable to speak English/Spanish.
40. Where students pay more money than they will earn afterwards.
39. Where call-center employees earn more money than teachers and nurses, where doctors study to become nurses for employment abroad.
38. Where driving 4 kms can take as much as four hours.
37. Where flyovers bring you from the freeway to the side streets.
36. Where the tourist spots are where Filipinos do not (or cannot) go.
35. Where the personal computer is mainly used for games and Friendster.
34. Where all 13-year-olds are alcoholic.
33. Where colonial mentality is dishonestly denied!
32. Where 4 a.m. is not even considered bedtime yet.
31. Where people can pay to defy the law.
30. Where everything and everyone is spoofed.
29. Where even the poverty-stricken get to wear Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger (peke)!
28. Where the honking of car horns is a way of life.
27. Where being called a bum is never offensive.
26. Where floodwaters take up more than 90 percent of the streets during the rainy season.
25. Where everyone has a relative abroad who keeps them alive.
24. Where crossing the street involves running for your dear life.
23. Where wearing your national colors makes you baduy.
22. Where billi@rds is a sport, and darts is a bar game.
21. Where even the poverty-stricken have the latest cell phones. (GSM-galing sa magnanakaw)
20. Where insurance does not work.
19. Where water can only be classified as tap and dirty - clean water is for sale (35 pesos per 5-gallon).
18. Where the church governs the people (owwss!!!) and where the government makes the people pray for miracles. (Amen to that!)
17. Where University of the Philippines is where all the weird people go. Ateneo is where all the nerds go. La Salle is where all the Chinese go. College of Saint Benilde is where all the stupid Chinese go, and University of Asia and the Pacific is where all the irrelevantly rich people go.
16. Where fast food is a diet meal.
15. Where traffic signs are merely suggestions, not regulations.
14. Where all the trees in the city are below six feet.
13. Where being held up is normal. It happens to everyone.
12. Where kids dream of becoming pilots, doctors and basketball players.
11. Where rodents are normal house pets.
10. Where the definition of traffic is the "non-movement" of vehicles.
9. Where the fighter planes of the 1940s are used for military engagements, and the new fighter planes are displayed in museums.
8. Where Nora Aunor is an acclaimed actress and Boy Abunda is the best talk show host, where the population knows more their showbiz stars better than their national heroes and past presidents, knows more of showbiz gossips than their national history and current events.
7. Where cigarettes and alcohol are a necessity, and where the lottery is a commodity.
6. Where soap operas tell the realities of life and where the news provides the drama.
5. Where actors make the rules and where politicians provide the entertainment.
4. Where finding a deer on the road will be a phenomenon.
3. Where people can get away with stealing trillions of pesos, but not for a thousand.
2. Where being an hour late is still considered punctual. (Grabe talaga 'to!)
1. Where the squatters have more to complain (even if they do not pay their tax) ---- than those employed and have their tax automatically deducted from their salaries.
and finally..... .
0. Where everyone wants to leave the country!
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MY COMMENT:
Ang dapat sa gumawa nito, balatan ng buhay.

Nabasa nyo na ba ang forwarded email na yan sa taas? Nakakainis ano? Naiinis ako sa ibang sinabi nya pero totoo. Mas naiinis ako pag iniisip kong ganyan ang tingin ng ibang tao sa atin. Pero ang talagang kinaiinis ko ay ang pagsabi nya na 50 FACTS sa Pilipinas. Wow. Absolute truth ang drama ng nagsulat. Kung ang nagsulat nito foreigner, tataasan ko sya ng kilay at sasabihang 'Anong alam mo?' (pero syempre english), at kung Pinoy man ang nagsulat nyan sasabihan ko naman sya ng 'Kung makapagsalita ka akala mo naman nakita mo na ang katotohanan sa bansa na ito sa dulo ng ilong mo ah?'
50. Wow. Gang wars happen, women strip, people overthrow a President. Ok ka lang? Magbukas ka ng TV at marami kang makikitang taga ibang bansa na kung makapagladlad ng katawan sa mga street parties akala mo nasa banyo lang. Manood nood ka naman ng tv tsong. Wag mong sabihing FACT na ang women stripping e parang dito lang sa Pinas nangyayari AT parang sa pagkakasabi mo e parang napakaraming ganyang 'pagsistrip'.
Gang wars? Oo, maraming gang. Pero meron din ang mga tagaibang bansa nyan. Wag mong sabihing dito lang nangyayari yan.
At ang pagooverthrow ng President? Have you ever read your history books? The entire globe is splattered with generations of people trying to overthrow their leaders. Don't freaking tell me that WE are the only ones guilty.
49. As if employment is not a problem in other countries?! Besides, parang sinabi mo na rin kung graduate ka ng pagiging doctor, lawyer at engineer e sure ball ka nang may trabaho ka. Maraming rason bakit hindi nae-employ ang isang tao. Take note, tao. It just means, applicable sa LAHAT ng nationalities.
48. Yeah right. Tingin ko nga tama ka jan eh noh? I suppose old wive's tales and Most Haunted Places books and magazines are all Filipino originals. Hmm... let me see... kanino nga ba galing ang Friday The 13th? (Sarcastic na to huh, kung hindi mo pa nagets)
47. Ay oo tama ka dyan. And so is Ganges River and Mt. Fuji. Aww... sorry, my fault. di naman yan sa Pinas no?
46. Ito ang nakakatawa. Forged? I Don't Want to name names huh... Pero san ba kalimitan galing ang mga pirated contrabands??? Take a lucky guess...
45. Yeap. I Can see where that is coming from. I guess walang mall sa ibang bansa na pinuputakte ng mga kabataan... I pity them...
44. Duh? Mas mahal rin naman ang value meal sa Mcdo ah? At infairness, pag nagmahal ang gas ng ganong presyo, naku naku... Hindi na lang dito ang problema nyan. Global issue na yan pare. And ano ba tong nilagay ng nag post nito? Is there something wrong with that? Am I missing something?
43. Yes, yes. sadly oo. Pero compare the number of public schools to local basketball street courts? Come on. No fair naman ang comparison. As if naman na DAPAT lang na magkaron ng school every street. Di naman kaya magkalokohan na non.

42. Isa pang nakakatawa. Dito pa lang mapapansin mo na na hanggang dulo lang ng ilong mo ang napupuntahan mo. E kung pumunta ka kaya ng Bangkok? Ng Thailand? Ng India? Name an Asian Country puhlease! Argh. This argument is so stupid to even bother. Next please!
41. Huh? China has well, I don't know..., like different variations of their language which I think differ in different regions. And yes. We all believe it is just Mandarin. And unfashionable? Since when does one's language preference became a fashion statement? And haha. May mali ka pa rin don. BUKOD sa Tagalog, meron tayong Bisaya, Ilocano,Chavacano, amongst others. I never heard na isang taong nagsasalita ng Bisaya ay sinabihang nagsasalita sya ng Tagalog. And ooppss. Pinoy ka ba talaga? (Tingin ko hindi) Akala ko ang tawag na sa official language ng Pilipinas ay Filipino? And 'speak all kinds of languages?' How can you be so stupid? Those are dialects. It differs from region to region. What can you expect from people islands apart?!
40. Isa pang nakakatawa. I've heard that to go to a prestigious university abroad, you need atleast $20,000 a year ata or a semester. That is like a million converted to our currency. Now, marami sa atin ang mahal ang tuition sa universities but won't amount to that much. So here's the thing. What happens to students after they graduate would have situations that may not differ here or anywhere else in the world. If youre in the States and you ended up being a cashier on a local grocery even after graduating from a good school is NO different from a graduate here who becomes a sales lady. Nationality DOES not play a part in what you end up after college. This argument is so unfair to be just boxed as a FACT for JUST Filipinos.
39. The reason why most contact center employees "earn more" is because they are employed, USUALLy by people abroad. Kaya nga outsourcing eh,duh?! And when doctors study to become nurses abroad, their reasons could be nothing more than personal. Not every doctor who graduates in this country aims for dollars, ok? There are still some who wish to stay. And even a few who are willing to be in the farthest provinces. It really is unfair to aggregate them like that.
38. Yeap. That one too. Sabi nga di ba, matagal nang matindi ang traffic sa Pinas. Alam mo na dapat yan. Siguro kasi hindi na kaya ng mga highways natin ang sobrang dami ng sasakyan. But then parang dito lang nagkakatraffic huh? Try watching Amazing Race nang makita mong nageexist din ito sa ibang bansa. And it can take hours, mind you.
37. Hindi ko to magets. I Don't get it why it even made the list...Sorry...
36. WHAT?! Anong DO NOT GO?! Cannot pwede pa akong maniwala. pero DO NOT GO? Dyan ka nagkakamali. Alam mo ba na naniniwala ako ng at least 8 out of 10 people have been to Baguio and enjoyed going there?! At 49 out of 50 people ang nagaaspire pumunta ng Boracay?
35. Aha! Malimit ka sa computer rentals noh? Natural marami kang makikitang nag-gegames doon! Yun nga ang habol nila eh. Yung may mga kalaro. At oo, aminado ako. Marami talaga ang nagfe-Friendster dito sa Pinas. Pero parang walang Facebook, Multiply, Hi-5 at kung anu-ano pa na pauso ng mga taga-ibang bansa ah? At saka mali ka para sabihing iyon lang ang ginagawa ng mga Pinoy sa PC. Marami sila ang nagiging creative. Marami rin sa kanila ang nagsusulat at nagke-criticize... katulad ng iba dyan...haha
34. WHAT?! I've been a 13 year old. I was never an alcoholic. And never was my friends. And my sisters and their friends as well. Magingat ingat ka sa 'ALL' mo. Hindi mo alam kung anong sinasabi mo.
33. Colonial mentality is somehow the result of the country being under different influences. But denied? Uhm there would be some who does. But I guess it is always clear naman to everyone kung anong gusto nila.
32. Ha? You are talking to just around a small percentage of the huge population. Not everyone sleeps that late. We have work early tomorrow. Sabi mo nga di ba, 4 hrs sa kalsada sa tindi ng traffic? E di pano ka pa makakarating ng 8am kung 4am mo balak matulog? And bakit? Bawal magkaron ng insomnia ang mga Pinoy?
31. "Can". Hindi ko alam kung paano ko titignan ang sentence na yan. Parang pun kasi na pwedeng 'has the ability to pay' at sa "choice to just pay para ma-null ang nagawang kasalanan". But either way, the law maybe loosely implemented and there really is a problem pero wag mag malinis at wag lahatin. Marami pa rin ang gusto ng legal.
30. Sige na. Pagbigyan. But wait. Napanood nyo ba yung gumagaya kay David Blaine? Di ba hindi Pinoy yun? At take note, maraming spoof sa you tube ng mga sikat. Hindi nga rin pala Pinoy yun.
29. As I've said before... they just buy fakes. But that doesn't make them the ones responsible for it's existence. May mga gumawa non... And I doubt the Pinoy's have anything to do with it...
28. 'A way of life?' Can't you make a rather, i don't know, a much more fit way of describing indiscriminate honking? Yes, we may be a bit of that impatient on the road but hey, I've been commuting for 5 years and counting. And yung sinasabi mong 'way of life' ay hindi ko naman madalas na nararanasan. (FYI, malalayo ang byahe ko ok? So alam ko ang sinasabi ko.)
27. How can you be so insensitive? Anong gusto mo, pag sinabihan mong tambay ang isang tao magpakita na na-offend sya sa sinabi mo? Natural alam nya sa sarili nyang tambay lang sya at walang trabaho. I'd say yun ang downside. Tanggap nila. Tanggap nila to the point na sumusuko na ang iba maghanap ng trabaho. But don't be so rude to pinpoint bums that they don't have the ability to be offended much more rule it out that all bums are Filipinos.
26. 90 percent? Haha. San ka ba nakatira? Have you EVER been to any place in the Philippines than where you are right now? Yes. to some extent there are really places na bahain at patuloy ang pagaayos nila ng sewers. But don't ever claim it to be as high as 90 percent.
25. Now this is annoying. Let me tell you that our family is on it's own ever since my parents started a family. Milya milya ang layo namin sa mga relatives at nabuhay ang pamilya namin ng walang ni singkong duling galing sa mga kamag-anak. May sarling bahay at lupa (sa amin na ang titulo), may sasakyan (fully paid mind you) at nakapagtapos kaming tatlong magkakapatid sa kolehiyo. (Hindi sa pagyayabang yan but you are really getting into my nerves so let me rub it in your face while I can) Other than that, let me tell you, none of my parents ever did something illegal OR has a high position jobs. We did it on our own. NEVER ever claim that all Filipinos depend on other relatives who work abroad to live. And even if there are families who work abroad to sustain their families here, well, there is nothing wrong with that. Let me remind you na maraming poor Europeans on the old days who came to America to find work. Some stayed and most of them came back and NO ONE ever said there is anything wrong with that.
24. Hmm. Tingin ko kaya nga may overpass at underpass eh! Mamang pulis hulihin nyo po to oh! Jaywalking!
23. This would make Francis M. and Andrew E. cringe. As far as I'm concerned they get purchases abroad for their Filipino inspired shirts. Who knows where those go anyway? You know what? The day I'd ever see an icon of our flag in any foreigner wearing such shirt I'd laugh so hard whoever you are would hear it mocking you on your very core.
22. First of all, please define what SPORT is. Then define me what's a bar game after. Bakit, ano ba yan sa bansa nyo? Don't tell me ang batayan mo ng 'SPORTS' e only those that make it to Olympics? Come on, kahit sa bars abroad you can see darts on their bars! And billiards... well, IT is a game. I'm just not really sure if it can be defined as a Sport. And if it isn't, well, kagagawan mo na yan. Ikaw naman ang nagdefine para sa amin eh. You really make me laugh. Haha.
21. Naku, wala ka na sa uso. Anong GSM? Wala nang pumapatol dyan. Malamang hindi alam nung gumamit, pero wag mong lahatin. Meron namang... gosh di ko pwedeng sabihin kasi baka magalit ang bansang ito sa akin pero... uhm yun na kasi ang rave ngayon eh. Murang uri ng cellphone galing sa kanila. Kumbaga, lantarang niloloko tayo.
20. Insurance doesn't work here, there and I  believe anywhere. It just looks like it works for you but the real money still goes to the companies themselves. Companies, which I may add are usually International institutions. Don't blame it on us. Blame it to them. (FYI, I am currently working in a Non-Life Insurance company. I know.)
19. Water sanitation and distribution in the country isn't really the same as it is in other much more developed countries. Pero ang word naman na 'dirty' e too much. I mean, malinis pa rin naman ang tubig kung tutuusin pangligo. Tingin ko nga nahilig lang ang tao sa mga gallons ng tubig nung nalaman nilang possible pala yun. At saka ang dirty e yung brown na siguro ang tubig no. Hindi naman sya pwedeng iclassify as such. OA ka huh?
18. The church does not govern people. Bakit? Kasi the church you may be referring to is the Roman Catholic Church. But that time when they monopolized the entire nation has long far gone, and guess what? There are numerous "churches" in the country and I can gladly say that none of them can be too numerous enough to govern the people. And yes. The people does pray for miracles. But then are we the only ones who does?
17. Ito pa. Kung gusto mong mang-bash ng mga Chinese huwag mong gawin sa list mo dito na 'let me refresh your memory' na 50 facts sa pinas as you claim. Look. Not only did you stereotyped them but all of the students who go to those universities. What is unfair is that every school has those types of people whether here or any place else. It does not only happen to Filipinos but to other nationalities as well. And besides, people here are so concerned about getting their offsprings to good colleges for a good future. You could never fit an aggregate of people in just one word. And you have no right to judge them in who they are regardless of where they study.
16. Just where the hell did you get this?! Whoever told you that anyway? That is so stupid. You could have just said na 'Where dieting is actually starving yourself to death'. Yan. Pwede pa yan. Tignan mo yung ibang mga artista. Hinihimatay na kakaiwas kumain para lang pumayat. Duh. Nawalan ka na ba ng common sense?
15. They are regulations. The bad part though, is that there are a lot of Filipinos who just lost their ability to be responsible of their actions especially when they believe no one is looking. Matigas lang talaga ang ulo ng mga Pinoy... Dyan ako nalulungkot aminin. Pero kaya naman huh? Tignan mo naman di ba ang Makati? Walang naglalakas loob gumawa ng hindi tama sa mga kalsada dyan. Pag sinabing bawal tumawid hindi talaga. Kaya naman eh. Kailangan lang talaga maturuan. Kailangan lang talaga mapasunod.
14. Below six feet? Asa. Pakimeasure nga po ang mga puno dyan sa bandang Alabang kung six feet nga.
13. Being held up is not normal. It does not to happen to everyone. BUT it does happen to those people who prance their stuff on depressed locations and act as if we can strip you naked of your belongings because you can afford them naman. Come on. Kahit saan ka pumunta. Basta ang itsura ng lugar medyo kadudaduda tapos ibalandra mo ang cellphone mo tignan lang natin ang stupidity mo at it's best. At eto pa, kung makapagsalita ka naman parang Pinoy na ang nakaimbento ng word. Huwag mong i-isolate lang sa Pinoy yan.
12. So? E ano? Kaysa naman siguro sa iba na napapanood ko sa tv na 'I have always dreamt to be a stripper' na sabi nung isang foreigner na babae at yung isa naman na nag-aaspire maging rapper dahil sa perks ng pagkakaroon ng maraming babae at malalaking bahay for their own. The reason why most kids in this country aspire to be one is because of different, and even personal reasons. Na kaya sya nagaaspire maging duktor para mapagamot ang ina nyang may sakit. Na kaya nya gustong maging lawyer para maipagtanggol ang mahihirap. Na kaya nya gustong maging piloto para mailibot nya ang pamilya nya sa buong mundo. Na kaya nya gustong maging basketball player dahil alam nyang may future syang maging magaling na manlalaro. Hindi man ito lahat matupad, mas gugustuhin ko ang mga pangarap ng mga bata dito na ganyan magisip. Inuuna ang pamilya kaysa sa sarili. At natutong magaspire ng mga malalaking bagay na may kabuluhan.
11. Rodents are not normal house pets. Dogs are. Ang daga po dito, hangga't maari pinapatay. Hindi ibig sabihin na may nakita kang daga sa bahay ay pet na nila yun. Tinatry nila yung patayin. Takot lang ng mga nanay dito na makagat ang mga anak nila.
10. Yeap. And alam mo na ba kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng salvage sa Pilipinas? Oo. Marami kayong mga salita na nagiging salita na namin sa Filipino na malamang ay iba ang ibig sabihin sa inyo. But then, anong language lang ba ang pwedeng i-Filipino? Meron bang iba na pwedeng i-merge ang salita into something na distinctly Pinoy? Kunwari ang salitang MANAGE. Pag sinabi ba naming 'i-mamanage ko yan' maiintindihan ba ng iba yan kahit may word na MANAGE? Di ba hindi? Pinoy lang ang makakaintindi nyan. At ganon kami ka-diverse magsalita.
9. Wala ka nang maisulat ano? San mo naman nakita yan aber? Oo maraming lumang kagamitan ang militar namin. Kulang kasi sa budget eh. Pero never pa akong nakarinig na bago nasa museum. I don't think that even the President would allow such waster of money.
8. And this comes from who? You know what, if the one who wrote the list is an American, I would just slap in your face an OK! Magazine bearing the million worth of exclusive photos of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's twins and say, 'You were saying...?'
 Ang word nga na paparazzi hindi Pinoy eh. Showbiz gossips my ass. Don't ever say that this is just a fact in the Philippines. IT IS a fact anywhere. (...especially in this generation of teens who are more concerned about the latest music videos than the daily news)
7. Anong necessity ang pinagsasabi mo dyan? It isn't. Oo maraming bisyo. Pero as i've said, teens today are more curious of those things. And I've said teens not only Filipinos. I don't even know why I even bother with this list...
6. Yeah. Umapila ka sa mga Koreanovelas at Telenovelas ng Mexico. And this is soo not just a fact in this country. It is also anywhere. So stop it.
5. You are really pissing me off. Anong actors make the rules? Dito? Come on. Kaya pala every now and then a Foreign Celebrity ends up in jail hurting their nannies, excessive alcohol problems, drug abuse and other kinds of stuff. Try gawin ng kahit sinong artista dito sa Pinas yan, mas mabilis syang mawawalan ng career kaysa sa sabihin nya ang buong pangalan ni Paris Hilton.
4. Phenomenon indeed. The only species of deer in the Philippines is nowhere to be found near the cities of NCR. They are remotely located in forests and sanctuaries. Hoping to see a deer hop in front of you on a road trip would be like asking for snow in December.
3. Nakalulungkot na katotohanan. Hindi kasi nacoconvict. But then I remember this guy who hopped from one country to another applying to different credit card companies and at his last act, was caught because of a stolen card. And oh. He was never convicted back in his country.
And it starts with a C.
2. It isn't. If you came late for an hour for your interview, you are so dead. Same with meetings and all. Pero yung mga concerts? Hmm... I guess some of them do come late. But I guess that is upon an individual na. Not as a whole. I mean, kelan pa naging
basis ang nationality on being late?
1. Hahahahahah! You are so funny talaga. The squatters you are referring to are Filipinos who live here. There are also a whole lot of squatters in other countries who complain as well. Don't make it sound like the only ones who complain are the poorest of the poor in this country.
0. Everyone? Are you sure? Most of who I talked to didn't. Then there are those foreigners who preferred to stay here huh?

Sa totoo lang nainis ako nung unang makarating sa kin tong forwarded email na to. Ni hindi ko lubos maisip who in his right state of mind would ever do such thing of bashing the country as if authority. I know I'm not but it does not give anyone a right to claim that everything he/she wrote here is a 'fact'.
Now, kung foreigner ang nagsulat nito, better leave this country and go live on whichever country you came from. You are not needed here and you have no right to use any of this country's resources. Kung makapagsalita ka akala mo naman perfect yang bansa ninyo. At ano bang ginagawa mo dito huh? Dahil ba dito kaya mong magfeeling importante? Bakit? Ano ka ba sa bansa ninyo at kung makapangbash ka ng bansa namin ay ganyan ka?
Kung isa ka namang Filipino, lumayas ka na rin sa bansang ito, at bahala kang maghanap ng bansang tatanggap sa yo. Drain yourself of the blood of your forefathers who fought for your freedom. Shed your skin envied by the whites and be that ingrate you are. Palitan mo na rin ang pangalang pinamana sa yo ng mga magulang mo. Siguradong ikahihiya ka ng mga bayaning nagpakamatay para sa yo.
At ikaw, oo, ikaw na mambabasa, oo marami dyan ang sa tingin natin ay totoo. Malungkot pero totoo. Pero huwag na huwag mong sasabihin na nasa pinakamababang antas na ang pamumuhay dito at bastusin ang lahat ng pinaghirapan ng mga nauna sa ating Filipino. Nasasabi at naiisip nyo lang yan dahil nandito kayo. Pero makinig at magbasa ka. Hindi lang sa atin ang problema. Sa marami ring tao at sa ibang bansa. The grass is not always greener on the other side. Maging iba ka sa lahat at gumawa ng pagbabago. Kung wala ka mang solusyon, gawin mo na huwag dumagdag sa problema. Huwag kang makuntento na dahil sa ginagawa ng karamihan. Alam mo kung ano ang tama. Tandaan mo na isa kang Filipino -- may dugong Maharlika.